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    Peppermint oil, mice/rats

    Pets'R'us
    Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:34 am
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    Ransomed by Fire...I hope you will see this!

    We noticed a few months ago that rats had eaten away at the air vents on our house to get in...and we could hear them running arround in between the ceilings of the house...also saw them sometimes in the garden and in the compost bin, they dug their way in from underneath.
    It worried me.
    Like you... we did not want to start setting traps or using poison but also want to get rid of them without having to kill them.
    I asked our vet, he said that if the weather warmed up they probably would leave by themselves, or to catch them in a cage and release them in a field further away. We live in the country side, near farms and amongst fields (in England) The vet also told us that this year mice and rats were a real plague.

    Well the weather warmed up...but they had no plans to move, they dug holes near the foundation of the house and got in through the cavity space in the walls (we had blocked the air vents with chicken wire) Every day we blocked the holes we found with stones....but they kept moving to dig somewhere else. Could hear them during the day and during the night ...scratching, running and digging.

    Read your topic about the mice...saw the peppermint oil tip.....looked on the internet for more info.
    I knew I still had peppermint oil but somewhere in a removal box in the loft amongst many unopened boxes and it would not say on the box...sigh

    Well I found it!!
    We put a dish in the three crawling spaces in the loft...each with two cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil.
    I got my insence burner out and in the afternoon I burn peppermint oil in the master bathroom...(we always hear them there somewhere by the pipes/plumbing)
    I filled a plant spray with warm water and peppermint oil sprayed the base of the compost bin, the lower part of the outside walls of the house...where most of the digging goes on.

    Its early days...but last night was the first time in months!! we did not hear them!!! I also have not heard them during the day.

    When you approach our house there is a peppermint smell outside...inside even stronger!....rotfl.gif but I will continue this for another few days...repeat when the cold weather starts again and can only hope its a friendly way of keeping the vermin away!!...so try the peppermint oil!!!

    PS...mice and rats cannot stand peppermint oil because it gives their noses a stinging sensation.
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    Dib's
    Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:56 am
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    That's excellent! You will be known as the Mint Lady but that's cool icon_lol.gif

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    Ransomed by Fire
    Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:09 pm
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    Hmm... I had wondered if there was a way to disperse the smell, like with a Glade Plug-In or something. Didn't know you could put peppermint oil in an incense burner. Thanks!
    Pets'R'us
    Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:14 pm
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    More like an oil burner...for fragrance and essential oils. The ones you put a tea-light candle in. I did half water and half peppermint oil.
    Karen From Colorado
    Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:00 pm
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    Pets'R'us wrote:
    More like an oil burner...for fragrance and essential oils. The ones you put a tea-light candle in. I did half water and half peppermint oil.

    You can also place the oil in a small pan of water on your stove. Let the water simmer on the lowest setting. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn't simmer dry. Add more water and a few more drops of oil as needed.
    Ransomed by Fire
    Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:13 pm
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    Just how safe are the oil burners? About like a candle? The stove method sounds good economically, but I don't know if I'd want to have to keep an eye on it all the time.
    Pets'R'us
    Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:15 am
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    This is the type of burner I use...never had a problem and find it safer then a normal candle.
    Michelle S.
    Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:52 am
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    What a fantastic idea!!!

    My dad is having trouble with mice...I will be sure to let him know! THANK YOU!
    Pets'R'us
    Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:38 am
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    Michelle S. wrote:
    What a fantastic idea!!!

    My dad is having trouble with mice...I will be sure to let him know! THANK YOU!


    Michelle....so far it seems to work, its only been 3 days now...I really hope it is the solution!!
    Michelle S.
    Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:19 pm
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    Pets'R'us wrote:
    Michelle S. wrote:
    What a fantastic idea!!!

    My dad is having trouble with mice...I will be sure to let him know! THANK YOU!


    Michelle....so far it seems to work, its only been 3 days now...I really hope it is the solution!!


    Keep me updated! icon_biggrin.gif Here's crossing everything that it works!
    Iron Bloomers
    Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:06 pm
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmm, wonder if it will work for squirrels as well? same rodent family & I had a dandy of a time with them in the attic this past winter.

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    Ransomed by Fire
    Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:33 pm
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    I don't know about mint extract, but I do know ACE Hardware sells non-lethal squirrel repellants. You might be able to order something from their website if you don't have a store in your area.
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